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(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.

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December 5th

Don’t miss out on your opportunity! Deadline for the first round of jurying for Cowboy True is next Friday, December 13. You can get application information on our Cowboy True page or call The Forum at 940-766-3347 ・・・ ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True ・・・ #cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts ... See MoreSee Less

December 5th

It’s Repeal Day! That’s right, December 5 is the day Prohibition ended. And where did folks go to party before that? Yep, the speakeasy. This January Karnevale celebrates all the guys and dolls who liked to celebrate. Get your tickets today for this fun night and get ready to party like it’s 1929 ・・・ January 18 @ The Forum ・・・ ArtsCouncilWF.org/Karnevale ・・・ #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation ... See MoreSee Less

December 2nd

Get into a happy Christmas spirit with our Improvised Christmas! Live comedy improv performed by the Backdoor Theatre Improv Troupe at The Forum, sure to put a smile on your face. Family friendly, tickets $5 kids and $12 adults ⠀⠀ BYOB or purchase on site (refreshment sales in-house support the Wichita Adult Literacy Council) ⠀⠀ ArtsCouncilWF.org/live-performances for details and tickets ⠀⠀ #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation #performanceartseducation ... See MoreSee Less

December 2nd

We’re super-excited to hear these talented kids play at The Forum for Christmas! We ❤️ hosting kids’ performances of all kinds (and we can’t wait til we hear those PERCUSSIONISTS for the first time!) ・・・ #Repost @wfyouthsymphony ・・・ Add this to your "don't miss" list for Christmas joy! #artscouncilwf #forum #kemp #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #performanceartseducation ... See MoreSee Less

December 5th

Don’t miss out on your opportunity! Deadline for the first round of jurying for Cowboy True is next Friday, December 13. You can get application information on our Cowboy True page or call The Forum at 940-766-3347 ・・・ ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True ・・・ #cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts ... See MoreSee Less

December 5th

It’s Repeal Day! That’s right, December 5 is the day Prohibition ended. And where did folks go to party before that? Yep, the speakeasy. This January Karnevale celebrates all the guys and dolls who liked to celebrate. Get your tickets today for this fun night and get ready to party like it’s 1929 ・・・ January 18 @ The Forum ・・・ ArtsCouncilWF.org/Karnevale ・・・ #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation ... See MoreSee Less

December 2nd

Get into a happy Christmas spirit with our Improvised Christmas! Live comedy improv performed by the Backdoor Theatre Improv Troupe at The Forum, sure to put a smile on your face. Family friendly, tickets $5 kids and $12 adults ⠀⠀ BYOB or purchase on site (refreshment sales in-house support the Wichita Adult Literacy Council) ⠀⠀ ArtsCouncilWF.org/live-performances for details and tickets ⠀⠀ #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation #performanceartseducation ... See MoreSee Less

December 2nd

We’re super-excited to hear these talented kids play at The Forum for Christmas! We ❤️ hosting kids’ performances of all kinds (and we can’t wait til we hear those PERCUSSIONISTS for the first time!) ・・・ #Repost @wfyouthsymphony ・・・ Add this to your "don't miss" list for Christmas joy! #artscouncilwf #forum #kemp #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #performanceartseducation ... See MoreSee Less

November 28th

The Arts Council wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hopes we each have many happy reasons to give thanks this season. ⠀⠀ #kemp #forum #artsalive #cowboytrue #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation https://ift.tt/2XSKI3N ... See MoreSee Less

November 27th

Tickets are here! Home and Garden tickets are available at advance sale discount prices. Plus, this year each ticket includes a coupon for a free dessert at FoxHill Restaurant! Get your tickets early and you can start enjoying them now, then save on the gate price for the show in February. ⠀⠀

See our website for participating selling Member Organizations or stop by The Kemp.

ArtsCouncilWF.org/home-garden ⠀⠀

#artsalive #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart https://ift.tt/2rzEmtL
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November 15th

The Arts Council continues to add programming and facility upgrades to improve our environmental footprint and help members of our community do the same. Check out our website for updates on these programs. ArtsCouncilWF.org/Sustainability #artsalive #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #artseducation https://ift.tt/2q7YJOJ ... See MoreSee Less

November 9th

Wondering about stuff? Got some questions? Wanna know what’s going on? Stop by The Kemp Monday evening for a chat with Arts Council WF CEO Carol Sales. She’ll give you the inside track on all the goings on at The Arts Council. Programs, rentals, events- you have questions, we’ll have answers. #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation #artsalive #cowboytrue https://ift.tt/33yqBKe ... See MoreSee Less

December 5th

Don’t miss out on your opportunity! Deadline for the first round of jurying for Cowboy True is next Friday, December 13. You can get application information on our Cowboy True page or call The Forum at 940-766-3347 ・・・ ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True ・・・ #cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts ... See MoreSee Less

November 28th

The Arts Council wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hopes we each have many happy reasons to give thanks this season. ⠀⠀ #kemp #forum #artsalive #cowboytrue #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation ... See MoreSee Less

November 20th

Check out our kids’ Cowboy poetry contest. Not only will winners get cash prizes but their schools will too! PLUS winners will read their poems out loud at Cowboy True in March. Open to ALL KIDS ages 4 -18.

See the website for contest details and link to entry application.

ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True

#cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts #artseducation
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November 12th

This month the Maplewood Laser Dental Clinic entryway is showcasing the poetry from the 2019 Cowboy True Kids’ Poetry Contest. We’re very proud to feature lots of different types of artwork in this venue throughout the year. Thanks for supporting local arts, MLDC!Make sure to check out the Cowboy True Poetry Contest student entrees in our lobby.

The Kemp Center for the Arts always puts the coolest collections out!
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November 11th

COWBOY ARTISTS! Cowboy True CALL FOR ENTRIES 2020 is now open. Go online for details and to download the application forms. Categories are: bits, boots, buckles, cowboy cartoons, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, saddles, sculpture, spurs, trappings/gear, and woodworking. Artists can enter up to two categories. No application fees. ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True ⠀⠀ #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafallsarts #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #cowboytrue ... See MoreSee Less